Deep and Profound Thoughts

“How great are your works, O Lord, how profound your thoughts!” Psalm 92:5

After writing about the sun flares, my mind kept drifting toward deep and profound thoughts of God’s power and greatness. If our sun, just one of the stars in the universe can produce so much heat and energy then how much energy and power is there in the universe? How immense is the Creator who controls all that power. This is profound. He is profound. He is deep and unfathomable; He is at times difficult to understand. He has depth of insight and understanding that are beyond my grasp.

My finite mind cannot comprehend the infinite. Most of the time my mind can’t even comprehend a lot of what is finite. I discussed this with a friend recently. We were talking about the hard to understand passages of Scripture and how we recognize that these are profound. We realize God is so big and immense that thoughts of His grandeur are deep. But what of the simple things in life, are they profound? Are they beyond my depth of understanding?

I realized that some of the most profound and unexplainable things in my life are truths I trust every day. God loves me and cares for me. “You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit” (Job 10:12). God is generous and provides all I need to live a life that glorifies Him. “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3). He works profoundly in my space-time existence continuously.

Examples in my life are innumerable so I will give but a few. Sometimes I can’t find my keys and I cry out, “Lord I cannot remember where I put my keys and I am running late. Can you show me where they are?” Like a close friend and loving brother he reminds me of where I left them. When I am anxious and I cannot rest my mind, I pray “Give me peace and rest”. Miraculously, without human reason or understanding, he quiets my mind and takes the burden from me. He heals relationships. He frees us from scary circumstances, or gives us unexpected courage to deal with them. He gives us fellowship with others in His family. He fills us with joy that confounds those around us. He allows us to submit and surrender and then He lifts us up. All these things are common but they are still profound and stem from the power of God.

I put my trust in an omnipotent Being who oversees the whole universe. My commitment is to a Lord who is master of all things. I rest in a God who has power over life and death and has chosen to let me live and live abundantly. The God whose power is only glimpsed in the immensity of the suns energy is at work in my life because he chose to be in a relationship with me. This is profound.

Thank you, Lord. Mere words are not enough to praise you and worship you adequately. Work in my life so that I live worship and praise. I want my body to be a living sacrifice that is holy and acceptable. “Now to You Lord, the one who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to you be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever” (Eph 3:20-21). Amen

The Sun’s Power

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard” (Psalm 119:1-3).


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I was reminded of this Psalm yesterday when I saw the weather report. A NASA video of the sun was a featured story. The video showed the cycle of the sun flares over a three year period. It was amazing. I googled it and found it on youtube and watched it again.


I was mesmerized. That ball of gold spoke to me of the glory and greatness of God. Verse 1 of Psalm 19 says, “The heavens are telling the glory of God” and verse 2 says, “Day to day pours forth speech”. The sun was speaking to me of the greatness and power of our Creator. I had to learn more.


According to NASA, a single solar flare explodes with as much explosive power as billions of hydrogen bombs all exploding at once. They can be as hot as 100 million degrees Celsius. This information made that video incomprehensible to my simple mind. How many solar flares were on that video? The flares are only a very small portion of the suns overall power. My mind is just too small to comprehend this.


If my mind cannot comprehend the sun and its power, how amazing and powerful is the sun’s Creator? God is the Maker of this amazing explosive power that we depend on for life. I cannot, in my finite mind, begin to understand this much greatness.


But I can depend on it! I can put my trust in someone so great and powerful. He put the sun in the sky. He put it at exactly the right spot to give life to the earth. He put it at exactly the right spot to keep us from burning up from these solar flares. He keeps it burning brightly day after day, year after year. If He can control the sun and its power, can He control my life? Absolutely!


Today I will reverently and worshipfully say with the Psalmist, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer”.



Thank you, Lord, for being so faithful, dependable, and powerful. You keep the sun in check and control its power. You do this for the sake of mankind. Out of your loving kindness and mercy you give us life and warmth every day. You are dependable. You are our rock and redeemer. Your power will sustain me.


I thank you and praise you. You have declared your glory and I need to worship you. I need to fix my thoughts on you so that what pours forth from my heart and life are pleasing to you. My meditation and my speech need to declare your glory because you alone are worthy.

God is Powerful

…having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. Colossians 2:6


God’s power is a popular subject. We sing about it. We talk about it. We memorize verses pertaining to it. Knowing we have a powerful God on our side helps us to get through the tough things in life. We know God is bigger and stronger than whatever we encounter. We are encouraged to know that our God is so mighty.

A look at what powerful means reveals some added encouragement. According to Mirriam-Webster’s Thesaurus, it means, “having or manifesting power to effect great or striking results”. So, since God is powerful, we can conclude that His power is manifested (exhibited or demonstrated) causing great (celebrated or notable) or striking (noticeable or remarkable) results or outcomes.

In Colossians 2:6 it talks about one time when God demonstrated His power to cause a notable and remarkable outcome. His powerful working brought the Messiah back to life. Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God died on the cross, was buried and then God, by His powerful working, brought Him to life once again. I would have to say that this is a celebrated and striking outcome. God is powerful.

Recently, I have encountered some people who say they believe in Christianity but they do not really believe all that the Bible says about Jesus and His life and death. They question His Deity. They question the account of the resurrection. They question whether God kept His Word intact and true. In other words, they question the power of God.

Remember, these people denying God’s power are not secular or atheist, they are people that associate themselves with Christianity. Does this form of Christianity bring real hope and peace? Does it draw us close to God? Will it transform our lives and minds so that we can have great or striking results as a normal part of our lives? No! We cannot deny the power and expect powerful results.

In his letter to Timothy, Paul wrote about those that live a form of godliness but deny the power. They have the right words, present themselves as religious people, but they are denying the power that actually makes a difference in the heart and soul. Without the powerful working of God, there is no hope. Those that are religious but not living in power are listed with the selfish, greedy, prideful and hedonistic. In other words they are headed down a bad path.

If God is not powerful, He did not raise Jesus from the dead. If Jesus is not alive, Christianity is in vain. To deny the power is to deny the faith. In 1 Corinthians chapter 15 Paul outlines this logic. The conclusion is that since God is great, the Creator of all, the One who breathed life into Adam, the One who raised Jesus, we too can be confident that we will be raised in power. In light of this passage we can see why the power of God is such an important part of our faith. We need to meditate on it. We need to sing about it. We need to reflect on it as we read the Biblical account. We need to share how God’s power is working in our lives now. We need to remember that it causes great and striking results. That power saves.


Dear Father, you are powerful. You raised Jesus and you will raise me. My faith is not in vain. You have demonstrated your power in notable and striking ways in my life. You have answered prayers. You have provided hope when there was no hope. You have given unexplainable peace in the midst of turmoil. You have brought clarity of mind when confusion was the norm. Viewing all that you have done historically, I have every confidence that you will continue to act powerfully for me and in me. Thank you. I look forward to the adventure and excitement that a life in your power brings.